Last week, Nigeria’s first women’s radio station, WFM 91.7 hosted industry and political leaders to its Voice of Women (VOW) conference, themed, “Facing Our Future Together- with focus on finance, Agriculture, technology and entertainment.”
In a welcome address delivered by the chairperson of the occasion and founder, Rose of Sharon foundation, Mrs. Folorunso Alakija, she said: “Women are more active as economic agents in Africa than anywhere else in the world, it shows that we make up two-third of the agriculture workforce and produce the majority of Africa’s foods. Women are incredible; they juggle different roles successfully from the home front to their various business. The world economy is now such that the men cannot do it alone, so we need to stand up to our responsibilities to move the nation to where it ought to be.”
Chief Executive of Stanbic IBTC, Sola David-Borha, while speaking on finance in growing the Nigerian economy, said that there is no need for the nation to be in a recession since we do not lack anything. “The most important asset is the people of which a majority is women. Across the globe where women are gainfully employed, their GDP growth is higher.
David-Borha advised that women should ensure they get the right kind of financing for the right need/project, as good financial management is critical to any business.
On the role of agriculture in the growth of the Nigerian economy, Managing Director, Bank of Industry Waheed Olagunju noted that agriculture is one area where the nation has the strongest competitive advantage.
On technology, the General Manager Eko Distribution Company Dele Amoda represented by Sheri Adegbenro said that there are better days ahead in the power sector even though it looks bleak, “we can only more forward, there is no going back.”
Commending the role of technology to the growth of the power sector, she added that it has afforded the opportunity to serve Nigerians better by monitoring activities from systems instead of going to the homes of millions of Nigerians which will require a large workforce to achieve.
Source: Guardian NG